Valarie Kaur

Valarie Kaur is an award-winning filmmaker, legal advocate, theologian, and public speaker. She serves as founding director of Groundswell, a non-profit initiative at Auburn Theological Seminary committed to building the multifaith movement for justice. Combining storytelling and advocacy, Valarie has led grassroots campaigns on urgent social challenges facing her generation, including racial justice, religious pluralism, immigrant rights, prison reform, LGBT equality, and a moral economy. A third-generation Sikh American, her critically acclaimed documentary film Divided We Fall (2008) on hate crimes after Sept 11th inspired national grassroots dialogue. She has been invited to speak on her work in 200 U.S. cities and media outlets such as CNN, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Show, NPR, BBC, and the New York Times. Valarie earned bachelors degrees in religion and international relations at Stanford University, masters in theological studies at Harvard Divinity School, and a law degree at Yale Law School, where she currently trains students in the art of visual advocacy as founding director of the Yale Visual Law Project.